The Huskies made it official on Monday: transfers Shonn Miller, Sterling Gibbs and Terry Larrier will all play for UConn next season, which is welcome news for just about anyone with a rooting interest in a program that struggled at times during the 2014-15 season.
"We are excited to welcome the new student-athletes to our UConn family," coach Kevin Ollie said in a statement. "Along with being high quality players, they are young men of high character who also bring a level of maturity and experience with them. We are looking forward to having them with us as we head into the upcoming season."
The 6-7 Miller, who will be a graduate student for the 2015-16 season, previously played at Cornell, where he averaged 16.8 points and 8.5 rebounds last season.
"Shonn's explosiveness and his versatility, being able to play multiple positions, will be a big factor for us," Ollie said. "He rebounded at a high rate last year in the Ivy League and we all think that can translate to any league. Plus, he has the shooting ability to be able to score from different areas of the court.
Gibbs, a 6-2 combo guard who played at Seton Hall, averaged 16.7 points per game last season to go along with 3.8 assists. He also led the Big East in three-point shooting percentage (45).
"Both Shonn and Sterling are coming in to improve, too, both defensively and offensively. Hopefully, we can add to the game they already have, give them hope and encouragement so they can play after they leave Storrs," Ollie said.
Then there's Larrier. In his only season with VCU, he averaged 6.6 points and 3.0 rebounds and 18.5 minutes per game.
"Terry will add something that we talk about all the time -- versatility," Ollie continued. "It allows us to bring in a guy who will practice against our guys every day and be able simulate the length and athletic ability that they are going to see in real games.
"But we also want him to come in and not just look at it as a transitional year, but look at it as a year in which he will improve and then be ready to go when those curtains open in the 2016-17 season. I want him to look at leadership, being part of the team. Of course, he's not going to play in the games this year, but I want him to have the mindset that he's playing 35 minutes every night, so he'll get prepared for what's going to come when he gets his opportunity to step on the court in a Husky jersey on for the first time."
The three transfers will join a recruiting class that includes incoming freshman point guard Jalen Adams and big man Steven Enoch.